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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Keep pregnancy termination a woman’s decision: Strongly Favors topic 1
Provide emergency contraception at military facilities: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Covenant with Black America: fight discriminatory practices: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ratify CEDAW (Discrimination Against Women): Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Recognize civil unions; be tolerant & don’t hate: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sex ed should include abstinence AND contraception: Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Adequate health care is a fundamental right: Strongly Favors topic 5
MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand the National Health Service Corps: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make health care a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose the Bush “private accounts” Wall Street windfall: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding for teachers, pre-K,and after school: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Promote conservation of rare felids & canids: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Celebrate the recovery of the bald eagle: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Add polar bear & bluefin tuna to endangered species list: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Establish an International Conservation Strategy: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored tightening restrictions on hydrogen sulfide emissions: Favors topic 8
Sponsored educating humans about spaying, neutering, & adopting pets: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports death penalty; prosecute violent minors as adults: Strongly Favors topic 9
End parole for violent offenders, but not victimless crimes: Favors topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Sponsored evidence-based & proven prevention for street gangs: Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Allow citizens to carry concealed guns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Teach kids Eddie Eagle GunSafe's lifesaving message: Favors topic 10
Ban "fire sale" of firearms after delicensing closure: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person: Favors topic 11
Sponsored enforcing against corporate offshore tax haven banking: Favors topic 11
Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality: Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
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Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Sponsored imposing import fee on countries with undervalued currency: Opposes topic 13
No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights: Neutral on topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Lower monetary limits on campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Establish 15 days of early voting in all states: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Bush lied toget us into Iraq; focus on Afghanistan instead: Strongly Favors topic 17
Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Invest in ethanol, solar, wind, and hybrid cars: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Constant attention on meth, cocaine and crack: Favors topic 19
Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Expunge records for first drug offenders after probation: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Sponsored no federal enforcement against legal state marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: Favors topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Sponsored investing $1 billion in transportation projects: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
FL-13:David Jolly(R)
FL-19:Curt Clawson(R)
IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
NC-12: Pending Jul.15
NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)

New challengers for 2014:
CA-7: Elizabeth Emken(R)
CO-6: Andrew Romanoff(D)
MA-6: Richard Tisei(R)
MT-0: Corey Stapleton(R)
NJ-3: Steve Lonegan(R)
TX-8: Scott Keller(I)
Won nomination against an incumbent:
TX-4: John Ratcliffe(R)
VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
OK-5: James Lankford(R)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

Former Reps running for House in 2014:
CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
FL-26:David Rivera(R)
GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
Lost primary 2014:
TX-4: Ralph Hall(R)
VA-7: Eric Cantor(R)

Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
AL-5: Parker Griffith(R)
AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
CA-11:George Miller(D)
CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
CA-45:John Campbell(R)
IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
MI-6: Tom Petri(R)
MI-12:John Dingell(D)
MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
VA-8: James Moran(D)
VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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